TOXICS INFORMATION PROJECT (TIP)

P.O. Box 40441, Providence, RI 02940

Tel. 401-351-9193, E-Mail: TIP@toxicsinfo.org

Website:  www.toxicsinfo.org

(Lighting the Way to Less Toxic Living)

 

“LESS TOXIC LIVING” SCIENCE PROJECTS

 

GET IDEAS FOR FOR CLASS SCIENCE PROJECTS

 

EXPLORE POSSIBILITIES FOR SCIENCE FAIR ENTRIES AT YOUR SCHOOL

 

COMPETE FOR THE TIP SPECIAL AWARDS AT THE RI STATE SCIENCE FAIR IN MARCH

 

Toxics Information Project (TIP) is a non-profit RI organization seeking to educate people about toxic chemicals in everyday life and products, and about healthier alternatives.  One of our interests is encouraging students to research “Less Toxic Living” related topics.  – We offer assistance with reports or projects that demonstrate health and environmental effects from toxic chemicals and/or information on how to avoid them, at home and school.  In 2005, TIP gave 14 Special Awards at the RI State Science Fair to students whose projects reflected our concerns about “Less Toxic Living”.  We plan to bestow similar awards at the 2006 event .

 

WHAT KINDS OF PROJECTS ARE POSSIBLE ?

 

To get a better idea of the kinds of projects that may qualify for these awards, see the list of winners from 2005 on the back of this sheet.  However, potential selections are not limited to the topics covered last year!  We are hoping that by making students aware ahead of time about LTL Awards, we will generate even more great ideas and projects that fit our criteria.

 

Less Toxic Living awards may be given for projects that involve:

 

Research into environmental and health effects of common chemicals.

Information about products and materials that affect indoor air quality.

Concerns related to our “Pesticide-Free Playing Fields” Initiative – especially asthma.

The connections between chemicals, learning disabilities and lower IQs.

Information on accessibility issues for chemically vulnerable people, such as asthmatics.

Surveys on what chemicals are being used at school and at home.

Surveys on what people know about the health effects of common household chemicals.

Experiments (teacher and parent-approved) comparing or investigating properties of common products.

 

WHAT CHEMICALS AND PRODUCTS ARE WE TALKING ABOUT?

 

Those that are in common use around people, such as cleaning products, pesticides, and fragrance chemicals, new carpets and paint, some furniture, cosmetics, plastics.

Those categorized as indoor air pollutants – for example, “air fresheners” are so listed on the EPA website. Those that are asthma triggers or contain carcinogens, endocrine and neurological disrupters,.

 

WHAT FORM SHOULD THE PROJECT TAKE?

 

The same as for any other science project – it can be a written report, use charts, photographs, drawings, physical samples of products discussed, models, anything that conveys the message.

 

HOW MAY I BE CONSIDERED FOR A TIP “LESS TOXIC LIVING AWARD”

OR GET HELP WITH A CLASS PROJECT?

 

Contact Liberty Goodwin, TIP Director, at 351-9193 or liberty@toxicsinfo.org to discuss your ideas.


2005 RI SCIENCE FAIR “LESS TOXIC LIVING” AWARDS

 

Toxics Information Project (TIP), Providence, RI, 401-351-9193, www.toxicsinfo.org

 

SENIOR DIVISION

 

WINNERS

 

Christopher

Duluk

Smithfield High School

Biochemistry

The Influence of Cyhalothrin on the Growth of Sordaria fimicola  (Insecticide killing beneficial fungi)

BIO-502-E

Justin

Bergeron

Scituate High School

Environmental Science

Clean Clothes Versus Dirty Water (Comparing detergents)

ENV-510

 

Honorable Mention

 

Theresa

Raimondo

La Salle Academy

Environmental Science

Can Duckweed Be Used to Treat Excessive Algae Growth in Fresh and Salt Water

ENV-506

Ashley

Fox

Mt. Hope High School

Microbiology

Effects of Garlic on B. cereus and E. coli

MIC-504

Courtney

Wallin

Bay View

Environmental Science

Has Your Child Been Playing in Poison

ENV-501

Alexandra

Walling

Portsmouth High School

Environmental Science

Carbon Dioxide in Proximity to East Main Road

ENV-515

Michael

Morley

Portsmouth High School

Botany

The Effect of Earthworms on Plant Growth

BOT-510

 

JUNIOR DIVISION

 

WINNERS

 

Jamie

Yates

St. Luke School

Medicine and Health

Does Exposure to Plastic Chemicals Affect the Ability of the Immune System to fight Breast Cancer?

MED-112

David

Demers

Aldrich Junior High School

Microbiology

Handling spoiled chicken  Do antibacterial products really work

MIC-103

 

Honorable Mention

 

Nicholas Cooney

& Andrew Bechard

St Margaret School

Botany

Turf Wars: Organic Vs Synthetic Fertilizers

BOT-121-E-TM

Tayla

Hill

Blessed Sacrament

Chemistry

All Cleaned Up  What Effect Does Citrus Cleaner Have On Cleaning Grease Compared To Water And Ammonia Cleaners

CHE-112

Cameron

Aubin

St. Francis of Assisi

Environmental Science

Indoor Allergens

ENV-102

Drew Prescott

& Derek Rocha

Barrington Middle School

Medicine and Health

HEAVY? DON'T PANIC - GO ORGANIC!

MED-102-TM

Madeline

Dodge

St Margaret School

Biochemistry

Good Looking Fruit

BIO-103